Signs of the Times

[From the Irish Times, Dublin, Irish Free State]

An interesting joint report on the effects of prohibition in the United States of America has been issued by the Revs. F. G. Bell, Randalstown; R. S. Craig, Ballymoney; J. W. Houseton, Kells; and E. J. McKee, Bray, who visited the United States as delegates of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. In the course of their report the delegates say: "America is without doubt the 'land of promise.' Through her practical wisdom and high idealism her people to-day are enjoying a standard of life unparalleled in the history of any other country. The homes of the working people are a joy to enter, and unemployment is practically a nonentity. Many factors enter into the secret of American prosperity, but we are convinced that prohibition is one of the biggest." The delegates point out that prohibition has met with many obstacles, and they are not prepared to deny that in many respects the prohibition law is broken. "And yet," they say, "our experience has led us to the conclusion that after making full allowance for every possible source of liquor, the quantity consumed to-day can bear only an infinitesimal proportion to that consumed before prohibition became the law of the land. To those who have had the opportunity of intimate study the ultimate result is not in any doubt."

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July 9, 1927

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